Ethiopia weather in January

Planning a getaway to Ethiopia this January and curious about the weather you should prepare for? Discover all the vital details you need on this page, solving your puzzle:

What is the weather like in Ethiopia in January?

Ethiopia has a wide variety of climate types. During January, you can expect temperatures that range from pleasant to warm and precipitation levels ranging from almost none to moderate.

During the day temperatures vary from pleasant in Goba at 19°C to warm in Assab at 29°C. At night it cools down to 23°C in Assab and 8°C in Goba.

In January, precipitation varies across different areas. From almost no rainfall in Bahar Dar with an average of 4.1 mm to moderate rainfall in Sanetti Plateau with 73 mm. Meanwhile, Addis Ababa enjoys close to 270 hours of sunlight. This means it's a great month if you prefer bright and sunny days.

To learn more about the conditions in specific areas of Ethiopia in January, check out the map below. For more details on the yearly weather, visit our Ethiopia climate page.

Where to go in Ethiopia in January

Find the average weather conditions in January for the most popular destinations in Ethiopia on the map below. Click on a destination dot for more detailed information.

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Legend perfect weather pleasant tolerable unpleasant poor
Perfect weather is subjective. On this map perfect weather has been defined with temperatures between 20°C and 29°C and not too much precipitation (less than 90 mm a month).

Popular destinations in Ethiopia

What is the weather like in January for the 5 most popular destinations in Ethiopia?

Average weather in Addis Ababa

In January Addis Ababa generally has high temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 24°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 9°C and low monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are perfect that month.

Addis Ababa
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
24°C 
8°C 
280 hours 
7.6 mm 
3 days 
24°C 
9°C 
270 hours 
18 mm 
4 days 
25°C 
10°C 
238 hours 
23 mm 
5 days 
Climate in Addis Ababa

Average weather in Bahir Dar

In January Bahir Dar generally has high temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 27°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 15°C and almost no monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are perfect that month.

Bahir Dar
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
26°C 
14°C 
4.7 mm 
2 days 
27°C 
15°C 
4.2 mm 
2 days 
28°C 
16°C 
4.8 mm 
3 days 
Climate in Bahir Dar

Average weather in Gonder

In January Gonder generally has high temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 27°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 11°C and low monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are perfect that month.

Gonder
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
26°C 
11°C 
5.5 mm 
2 days 
27°C 
11°C 
5.7 mm 
2 days 
29°C 
13°C 
6.4 mm 
3 days 
Climate in Gonder

Average weather in Debre Zeyit

In January Debre Zeyit generally has high temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 26°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 11°C and low monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are perfect that month.

Debre Zeyit
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
26°C 
10°C 
280 hours 
3.8 mm 
3 days 
26°C 
11°C 
270 hours 
8.5 mm 
3 days 
28°C 
13°C 
238 hours 
12 mm 
4 days 
Climate in Debre Zeyit

Average weather in Adama

In January Adama generally has high temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 28°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 13°C and low monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are perfect that month.

Adama
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
28°C 
12°C 
280 hours 
5.3 mm 
3 days 
28°C 
13°C 
270 hours 
7.8 mm 
3 days 
30°C 
14°C 
238 hours 
11 mm 
4 days 
Climate in Adama

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Is January the best time to visit Ethiopia?

We consider January to be one of the best times to travel to Ethiopia. Typically, the climate in Addis Ababa is perfect. It's worth noting that weather conditions might differ depending on the location you visit.

Generally speaking, January, February, March, October, November and December provide perfect weather in Addis Ababa. In contrast, June, July, August and September tend to have poor weather conditions.

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